Win XP installation error

February 8, 2010 at 23:45:09
Specs: Windows XP
hi there, i dont know if this error answered before. when i do the installation there is an error message as below: please kindly help.
installation failed E:\I386\asms. Error message: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

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February 9, 2010 at 02:23:26
From the IO device error, I can only guess that either your hard disk is dodgy or your CD is scratched.
Have you tried using a differt CD, or a different CD drive, or tried replacing the hard disk?

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February 9, 2010 at 02:57:04
i tried few many times already. but the error still keep prompt. and also i tried to use another IBM Thinkpad R40 to install the win XP. success but when changed back the harddisk to IBM Thinkpad R32 there is an error that cannot boot to windows in blue screen. using IBM Thinkpad R40 got no more problem. Is there any solution? TQ.

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February 9, 2010 at 14:02:20
Okay, you can't install Windows XP on one laptop and then put that hard disk in to a different laptop - Windows XP does not tolerate being moved like that.

However, that doesn't answer your main problem, the error message. It can't be a faulty CD because it works fine on another laptop (I guess you already came to that conclusion).

From what you've already managed to do successfully, and from my looking for this error on the various forums, I'm leaning towards it being a faulty CD-drive on the laptop that you are having the problem with.

Does the cd-drive on the other laptop fit the faulty one? There aren't any wires to mess about with, they just 'plug in' to rigid contacts inside the laptop casing. Just take both drives out and check the contacts are in the same place, same size etc., only don't forget which one is the 'good' one!

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February 9, 2010 at 15:55:05
Check out EVERYTHING concering what could be wrong and do what is suggested you do in Response 3 in this:

"Okay, you can't install Windows XP on one laptop and then put that hard disk in to a different laptop - Windows XP does not tolerate being moved like that."

Yes you can do that, but if the hardware (main chipset, etc.) of the two mboards is more than a little different, Windows won't load all the way. Typically, you see the first bit of Windows graphics, then a black screen with a blinking cursor top left, and nothing further happens.

You can fix that by booting with the XP CD and running a Repair installation procedure, without losing any personal settings or data you have added to the partition Windows was installed on, BUT you cannot be having any problems with the optical drive reading the disk or be having any ram error problems or be having any problem with the hard drive or it's data connection when you run it, otherwise you will trash the existing Windows installation.

You would probably have only one chance. The second Repair choice in Setup will probably not be there if you failed to complete the procedure the first time.

How to do an XP Repair installation (I prefer to call it a Repair Setup), step by step:

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